Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What I'm Loving....

Happy Wednesday ya'll!

I am linking up with Jamie for What I'm Loving this snowy Wednesday!

I am loving that we were hit with the big snow storm that came through Tennessee! It just started snowing here.I don't think it will accumulate to anything but school closed and that is all that matters!

I am loving this cute bedding I found for my best friend's nursery! She loves anything pink and zebra so this will be perfect for her new little baby girl!

I am loving that I will be sliding down this slide on the Disney Dream in 51 days! I am so excited and cannot wait!

I am loving this sweet picture and missing my precious Oreo! I think I miss her a little more everyday :( My Mom and I had to make the dreaded trip to the vet this morning to pick up her remains after the cremation. I miss her so much!

I am loving my new Essie fingernail polish. The color is fishnet stockings!

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and go link up with Jamie!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Random Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday ya'll!
My mind is so full today so I thought I would share a few random thoughts with you.

First, it is supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow! I have been really over the snow and absolutely cannot wait till Spring but I am saying a BIG prayer that is a blizzard tonight! I have my first Spanish test tomorrow evening and I am not prepared. I do not want to spend the entire day studying all! I really want a snow day.

This was at 7:00

This is at 9:00 pm
It appears that the snow I am praying for is heading north :( I am still hoping that it will come my way!

Second, I have only been in school for 3 weeks and I am already done! I am counting down the days until Summer break. I am taking 3 online classes and I am already so behind. There is so much involved in online classes and it is mostly busy work. I am taking an online Math class and I was just able a few minutes ago to watch the first lecture video...we are already on quiz 3! Apparently my MacBook Pro is was to technologically advanced for my school so I couldn't view the videos. I emailed the professor and she told me to take it to the computer "expert" on campus. I arrive at this "experts" office and knock on the door, he sticks his finger up and tells me to wait a minute because he was on the phone. I step to the side of the door and wait. While I am waiting I overhear the "expert" on the phone. He is talking to someone about computers, which is totally understandable, then I hear him say, "Well, what am I supposed to do with the USB cord?" I keep listening..."Where should I go to get this started?" Excuse me but did I just hear the "expert" asking an unknown person on the phone how to work his computer...I begin to panic! I look at the name plate on the door, I check my email on my phone to make sure that I am at the write office because I am pretty certain that this so-called "expert" is on the phone with the real expert since he is asking questions, not answering them! He proceeds to wave me in the door and asks if I brought my book with me. "Yes sir, I brought my MacBook with me!" I told him on the phone that I had a MacBook Pro and he thought I was bringing a textbook...Oh my! I was in this man's (he is no longer an expert in my opinion :)) office for almost 2 hours and the only thing I learned is that my college does not require much education when giving someone the title of Computer Expert. I soon got the heck out of there and I will never be going back...I will call an Apple Genius instead (I am almost positive that Apple requires an education!)

Third, I have a new love in my life. I am completely in love with the Bachelor! Not the man, the show. Well, the man would be nice too! I have never been into this show or the Bachelorette. I just think that it is a ridiculous concept. I was flipping through the channels and somehow
landed on it, it was like a train wreck! So now I am hooked.

Did any of you watch last night?
I must say that I think Brad is extremely cute and very, very sweet. I find it a little weird that ABC airs his sessions with his therapist on the show. Isn't that private?
I hope that he finds the perfect woman and I have one girl in mind...

This pretty lady, Emily. I love her! She is a beautiful woman inside and out. She is a down to earth, southern girl! What more could you ask for? I personally think that Brad is completely falling for her. I was so happy that she shared her incredible story with Brad. Being a Nascar fan I remember when her fiance passed away and I didn't realize until I heard her tell the story who she was. I am definitely pulling for her!

Then there is Michelle. I have nicknamed her psycho! This girl has completely lost it. I guess when she signed up for this show no one informed her that there were other girls. She is very self- centered and completely annoying. Everything must be about her and she begins to sob when someone besides her gets the slightest amount of attention. Grow up Michelle and please stop putting "MY" in front of everything you say!

I cannot wait till next Monday so I can see what happens!

Finally, I am not sure if I have mentioned this or not but my best friend is Pregnant!!! She is expecting a little precious cupcake (my name for the little girl in her belly!) on June 27, 2011! I am so excited and I cannot wait for Kynlee's arrival! I have been searching Etsy almost every single night for cute little things I can buy for this little girl. I plan on putting some huge bows on her head and a tu-tu to go with every outfit. I am already in the process of ordering her 1st birthday outfit (I know, she isn't born yet). My friend from Texas has twin 1 1/2 year olds, a boy and a girl. At their 1st birthday party they were completely decked out and so adorable.
This is Miss Ava! She is such a doll! Is that not the cutest outfit you have ever seen?
I hope to one day have a daughter that I can dress up in these adorable outfits!
I can't leave out her cute twin brother so here is Harrison...
He is a doll too! Such sweet babies!
Have I mentioned before that it would be a dream of mine to have twins...I would love it!!!!

Well I think that is enough random thoughts for one day!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Meet Me On Monday!

I can't believe that it is Monday already! Where did the weekend go? I have been so behind on blogging :( I have several pictures that I will be sharing with you this week!
I am happy that it is a new week and I am ready to tackle my ever growing to do list. I am in the progress of organizing my life...more post to come about this. I am trying to get all of the clutter and unneeded "stuff" out of life so that I can focus on the important things. I am simplifying my life!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

I am linking up today with Never Growing Old!

1. What is your favorite kind of fudge?
I love peanut butter fudge! I also like specialty fudge that has nuts or something swirled into it.

2. Is there snow outside your window?
Are you kidding me? I feel like I've moved from Tennessee to Alaska. It is never going to stop snowing. So the answer to the question is YES! It is actually snowing right now!

3. What is your favorite meal of the day?
I would have to say dinner. Mainly because it is my big meal for the day. I love food so this makes me a happy girl.

4. Do you text on your cell phone?
Yes! I am definitely a texter! (I know that is not a word but in my little dictionary it is :))

5. Waffles or pancakes?
I love them both! I make homemade waffles and pancakes that are wonderful. I always add either almond or vanilla extract to my waffles and pancakes. I throw in some other goodies when I make them for my niece and nephew.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

I need your opinions!!!!!

Okay ladies I need your help!
I am trying to decide if I want to do a post for Kelly's Korner "Show Us Your Singles!"
I am a single gal who would love to have a wonderful man in my life.
So what do ya'll think....should I do it?
Should I write my own post?
Should my best friend do it?
Please be honest and give me your opinion!

Okay I will stop begging now!

Ugh! Guess what? It is supposed to snow tonight...imagine that! Will it ever END.
THANKS SO MUCH for all the sweet comment about my wonderful Oreo!
The days seem to be getting better but it is still hard and I miss her terribly!


Monday, January 17, 2011


(I apologize in advance....this is a very long post with lots of pictures. Some of the pictures have been scanned so they are not the best.)

I woke up Saturday morning very excited. I was excited it wasn't snowing. I was excited that it was Noah and Jaz's first basketball game day of the season. I was excited that I was going to help my brother coach them during the game. Little did I know that in a few hours that Saturday would end up being the hardest day of my life, so far. After many discussions and hours of thinking, my family and I decided that it was time to put my sweet precious Oreo to sleep. Great Danes often suffer from arthritis in their hips. Oreo had been struggling with this for a while. Her condition was getting much worse and she had started to not be able to walk without falling. We knew the day was coming but in no way were we prepared for the events that occurred that day.

My sweet Oreo lived a wonderful life of 12 years! She was my first dog. I decided on my 12th birthday in September 1998 that I wanted a dog. I had always been scared of dogs but knew that I wanted to know the experience of having "man's best friend." After months of searching, I found my perfect dog. She was 5 weeks old and weighed 10 pounds!
Oreo and I on her first day home!
(Ha! Please excuse how I look!)

Oreo curled up on my Dad!

I was so excited to have this beautiful new dog I could barely sleep, which is good because sleep was not on the agenda that night. She whined ALL night! This was all new to me and at 12 years old I did not quite understand why my cute new puppy did not know how to sleep. After a little discussion with her the next night she slept like a baby! Her puppies years were very short. She just kept on growing, and growing, and growing! She was at full grown size by six months, weighing in around 130 pounds. She slept in my bed with me for about 4 years. She loved to be covered up and have a pillow under her head. I finally "kicked her out" of my bed because she would nibble on my butt in the middle of the night if her covers fell off.
Oreo laying in my bed with her toy!

My parents snuck in and took this one night while we were sleeping.

Once I kicked her out of my bed, she slept right beside my bed and sometimes under! Ha!

Oreo was a very active dog when she was young. Great Danes sleep most of their life so when they are active they are "very" active! Oreo loved to swim. She would take off across the lake and swim as hard as she could. She loved to swim and be on the lake. She became our marina's mascot. Everyone loved her and wanted to pet her. They would always ask about Oreo before they ever asked how we were.
She always sat on the boat like this. We did not allow her on the furniture at home but she knew that on the boat this was okay.


She also loved the ocean! We had a house in North Carolina on the beach and we stayed there for 7 weeks one summer. She became such a beach bum. She loved going out in the ocean and jumping over the waves.

Oreo and I playing on the beach!

She also loved guarding our yard. She was an inside dog but would spent countless hours looking out the windows and making sure everything was okay.
When she was outside, she did the same thing. She loved to lay outside (only in the summer...of course!) and guard her area. We have six acres and she made sure that no squirrel, deer, cats, raccoons or any other creatures made it through without her approval. She loved to chase the animals out of the yard and then prance back like she had just done the greatest thing ever!
Another thing Oreo loved was sleeping and laying in the sun! Great Danes sleep about 20 hours a day! Lucky them, right? You never knew what position you might find her in when you walked into the room. She loved to sleep covered up and she would peak her head out to see what was going on.
She loved laying in the sun. She would curl up into the smallest ball possible if it meant her body was going to be in the sun. We had to limit her time in the sun several years ago once we found out that she had skin cancer. She had several surgeries at University of Tennessee to get rid of the cancer. The cancer never broke through the skin so she only ever had skin cancer...thank goodness!
Oreo was my best friend and sister for 12 years! I never realized how attached to her I was until she was gone. Saturday was the hardest and most horrible day I have ever experienced. She brought so much joy into our home and family. Our house feels so sad without her! I keep looking up thinking that she is going to walk in the room to see what I am doing or just so I can pet her. My parents and I feel like part of us is missing now. I know that many of you understand exactly how I feel and some of you may not. That is fine. I loved my dog like she was a human and part of our family. I loved her more than most people I know. It has taken me since Saturday to be able to sit down and put all of this into words and pictures. Not a day has gone by that I have not cried and I would give anything to see her walk through my door! I know that with time it will get better, but for now I am in mourning!

Here are a few more pictures that I love...
Oreo loved the snow! This was our last picture of us playing in the snow!
This was our last picture together. On Saturday morning she couldn't get up at all so I laid in her bed with her. I will cherish this picture forever!

I love and miss you Oreo!


Friday, January 14, 2011


It has finally stopped snowing here in Tennessee! Today is the first day in a week that it has not snowed and I am very thankful for that. Since last Friday we have received around 8 inches of snow. I love the snow, don't get me wrong but enough is enough. The sad thing is, it is only January and winter has just begun. Oh well, in my mind I am visualizing the sunshine, sand, palm trees, the ocean and that big water-slide....only 63 days till the Spring Break trip!

I started using Twitter a few weeks ago and I am addicted. Do you use Twitter?? I love it and can't believe I waited so long to tweet! You should definitely try it if you haven't and if you do tweet...follow me :)

I am very excited to have a very low key weekend planned. I feel like every weekend I have way more things to do than there is time for. So this weekend I am doing as little as possible. Tonight I am going to help my SIL take down all of her Christmas stuff (sad I know!). Tomorrow I am coaching my niece and nephew's basketball team in their first game. My brother volunteered to coach their team this year and I should have know that when he said "I" (talking about him) he meant "WE!" So now I am the assistant coach for the team. We had practice last night and I am very excited about our first game because our team is really good! I'm hoping for a Win tomorrow!

Today I am linking up with My Little Life for 5 Question Friday

What movie could you watch over and over again and not get tired of?
Oh my! I am a movie lover and I have several favorites! One movie that I love to watch again and again is Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It makes me laugh every time I watch it.
What's your biggest pet peeve right now?
Right now, when people empty the trash and do not put another liner in the trash can. This drives me crazy!!!

If you had to describe your best friend in five words or less, what would you say?
sister. loving. giving. listener. wonderful.

If you did not have to worry about money or go to school what would you do for a living?
I would love to own a cute little cupcake shop and sell many varieties/ flavors of beautifully decorated cupcakes!

What is your one "splurge" item, that you always buy, no matter the cost?
Good shoes! I always buy expensive shoes because in my mind I know that they must be better than the cheaper ones. I think that your feet always need the best support they can get :)

Go link up!

I have decided to host a giveaway when I reach 100 followers! I thought it would be a great way to say thanks to all of my followers. I am not sure yet what I am going to giveaway but I hope that you all will participate! Help me reach 100 followers....I am only 13 followers away!

I hope you have a great weekend!!!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

tuesday link up!

Happy Tuesday ya'll!
Well it is still snowing in Tennessee...I don't think that it is ever going to stop! I absolutely cannot wait till March....I am counting down the days....literally! 66 days...My sister in law counted her days wrong so I think I said 62 days last week but it's 66 days and I am ready to start packing! If you are new and don't know about my trip, you can read about it here!

I am at a loss for ideas lately so I am going to link up until I have some exciting stuff to talk about!

I am linking up with Night Owl Crafting for hoo are you?

1. Are you fond of cooking?
Yes!!! I love to cook and bake! I do both of them almost every single day!

2. What kind of food do you prefer eating when you are out?
Anything with chicken or shrimp!

3. Which so you prefer sweet or salty?
Both and I love them together!!!

4. Where is the last place you ate out at?
Red Lobster....I had their new Pecan Crusted Shrimp with a Cherry Maple Glaze! They were delicious!!!!

5. What's for dinner tonight?
I had breaded tilapia with rice and a salad. I am not a big fan of fish but I will eat tilapia. This was delicious and it came from Sam's Club in the frozen section.

I am linking up with The Undomestic Momma for Top 2 Tuesday!
Top 2 Strange Addictions:

1. My phone! My family calls it my oxygen supply and they say that I have trouble breathing when it is not in my hand! They are totally over exaggerating! I never go anywhere without my phone and it is normally in my hand. It is like a mini-computer and I am not sure how I survived without it before. I am also addicted to Twitter and Facebook.....which I use my phone to check most of the time!

2. Magazines! I am a hoarder when it comes to magazines! I love them and I can't get enough of them! I buy them all....US Weekly, People, In Touch, Self, Shape, Food Network, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Rachel Ray, Paula Deen, Glamour, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living.....ALL OF THEM!!!

I went to Walmart today and came home with these!
The sad thing is I hardly ever read them unless I am very interested, I only look at the pictures!

Well, I am very tired so I am going to put the pj's on and watch The Social Network! I hope you all have a great night and stay safe if you are in the middle of a snow storm!!!

With love,

p.s. Are any of you having issue uploading pictures to your post? Every time I add a picture to my post it goes to the very top and I have to cut and paste it to where I want it! It is very annoying!

Monday, January 10, 2011

miscellany monday!

Shew! This has definitely been a miscellaneous day so I thought it would be perfect for me to link up with lowercase letters for miscellany monday!

Today is Oreo's 12th Birthday! I got her when I was 12, so today I have had her half my life. She has been the most wonderful "dog" (don't tell her! she doesn't know this yet!) ever! I am not sure what any of us in my house will do when she travels to doggie heaven :( We never thought she would make it to 12 years old because that is uncommon for a Great Dane but we are so happy for everyday we have with her!

It is snowing!!!!! A huge snow storm hit the south last night. We got around 3 inches here in Tennessee. We didn't get as much snow as everyone else because are temperatures are ALOT colder. It is still snowing here though, so I am hoping that tomorrow will be another snow day!

I started the morning out with a long to-do list in hopes that I would get everything checked off. Well I didn't! I did get a lot accomplished though! I did 3 loads of laundry and ironed all of it. I am trying a new approach to ironing. I absolutely hate to iron but refuse to go anywhere wrinkled. I am going to attempt to iron everything before I put it in my closet so that it will be ready to wear when I grab it. We will see how it goes! I also cleaned out a drawer, cleaned out my closet, filled some bags with clothes to donate and caught up on the shows I missed last night....thanks dvr! I didn't get everything accomplished but I did get a lot so I am happy!!!

I am praying for another snow day tomorrow so I can accomplish the rest of my list!!!

Ok fellow students, I am trying to stay organized this semester and not be a total slacker! What do ya'll do to stay organized and keep up with everything???? If it works for you please tell me about it....that's what we are here for right? To help each other out!

As I write this I am watching the Bachelor for the 1st time this season. I think he is adorable....I don't even know his name :( I think that he is very cute and soooo very sweet! The date he just took that girl on was amazing....are there any men like that in Tennessee????

I am working on my 101 in 1001 list and it is a lot harder than I thought. I am almost done with the list. my actual start date was January 1st because there are already a few things I have accomplished. One thing on my list is that I want to start reading books and try to read one book every month. What books do you all recommend???

It's a new year and time to shed those holiday pounds! I especially need to shed mine by March, in time for my trip. Do you all have any tricks? Do you keep a food journal? Watch what you eat? Diet? Workout? I need to be bikini ready!!!

That is enough procrastination for tonight, it is now time to get back to the laundry!
Sorry for the long post! I told you that it has been a very random day!

Happy Snow Day!